The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors have already played 2 games in their best of 7 series, with Golden State taking a 2-0 lead. The Warriors were able to dominate the Cavs in the second half of both games. The first half of Games 1 and 2 were relatively close, however the second halves have been no competition. Down 2-0 in the series. I believe that both Games 3 and 4 are must wins for Cleveland.
I can see 2 possible situations after these 2 games in Cleveland:
1. If Cleveland does not win both of these games at home against Golden State, then its sad to say but you will not see the Warriors blow another 3-1 lead. If the Warriors can get up 3-1 then I don’t give the Cavs any chance in Game 5. IF the Cavs lose one game at home this series will be over in 5 games.
2. Just because the Cavaliers have been dominated throughout the first two games of the series we can’t forget the best player in the world, LeBron James, plays for Cleveland. At home, in Cleveland, this a great possibility the LeBron and the Cavaliers come out strong and take back this series by winning both games. If LeBron has two incredible games at home the Cavs can make this a series again.
Now although the LeBron is going to probably be playing out of his mind, there are a couple other players that have to get involved in order to get this win.
Obviously Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, being a part of Cleveland’s big 3 need to match the effectiveness of both Steph Curry and Draymond Green.
Next Tristan Thompson. Thompson is the key rebounder for the Cavs and in order to win they have to win the rebounding battle. Thompson only had 8 rebounds in the first two games combined, that needs to change in order for the Cavs to pull this out.
Lastly JR Smith. He needs to be more effective as a starter for this Cavs offense. After scoring the first basket in the series for the Cavaliers he has gone silent. He will have to chip in here and there in order to win.
IF those 4 starters can help out LeBron they should have a chance. Now that is on the offensive end obviously the Cavs are going to have to figure out how to slow down both Durant and Curry.
Game 3 tips off tonight in Cleveland at 9:00, hopefully Cleveland can make this a series again.